There are more than 1.5 million survivors of colorectal cancer in the United States.
Statistics tell us that 68% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be avoided if all eligible people got screened. According to research by the American Cancer Society, since the middle of the 1980s, fewer people have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer as a result of greater screening
among older adults.
While rates of colorectal cancer in older adults have been decreasing over the last several decades, they are increasing in younger adults. 1 in 10 colorectal cancers are diagnosed in patients under 50 years of age. Studies suggest that awareness in both young patients and their doctors about the signs and symptoms of colon and rectal cancer is key.